https://www.petmd.com/news/rss en Tattoo Shop Offering Cat Tattoos to Raise Money for Cat Rescue https://www.petmd.com/news/petlanthropy/tattoo-shop-offering-cat-tattoos-raise-money-cat-rescue-37831 Image via Facebook/Red Canary Tattoo
 
 
Red Canary Tattoo in Thurmont, Maryland is offering certain types of cat tattoos for one week—Dec. 10-16—and the money raised will go towards Cuddles Cat Rescue.
 
Cuddles Cat Rescue is a nonprofit that takes in cats from the community, gets them spayed and neutered, and tries to get them adopted into a permanent home.
 
This is the third year that Red Canary Tattoo has hosted this fundraiser. 
 
"Getting a tattoo in general is really an exciting process for a lot of people, so this is a cool experience for us to give people a tattoo that they love and also be able to help out in the community," Andrea Munk from Red Canary Tattoo tells Local DVM.
 
The work done at Cuddles Cat Rescue is not cheap, according to the outlet, with the biggest expense being vet bills. “Getting them spayed and neutered, rabies shots, distemper shots, a lot of times cats and kittens come in sick with eye problems," Karen Kinnaird, president of the rescue, tells Local DVM.
 
"It is a great thing and it is so unique and so different and they raise a lot of money for us and we are so appreciate at the rescue,” Kinnaird tells the outlet. 
 
 
For more interesting new stories, check out these articles: 
 
LA-Based Fashion Designer Creates Fire Retardant Horse Blanket With GPS Locator
 
New Evolutionary Biology Book Argues That City-Dwelling Animals Are Out-Adapting Humans
 
Kennel Club in Texas Donates Pet Oxygen Masks to Local Firefighters
 
Siberian Husky Detected Cancer on Her Owner Three Separate Times
 
FDA Approves New Drug to Treat Noise Aversion in Dogs
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LA-Based Fashion Designer Creates Fire Retardant Horse Blanket With GPS Locator https://www.petmd.com/news/care-safety/la-based-fashion-designer-creates-fire-retardant-horse-blanket-gps-locator-37829 Image via IndieGoGo/First Ever Fire Retardant Horse Blanket With GPS
 
The recent wildfires in California have wreaked havoc on the state and displaced thousands of animals. While dogs, cats and other small animals can be easily transported, large animals like horses are a little trickier to evacuate.
 
In some dire cases where evacuating with a trailer is no longer an option, horse owners are forced to let their horses loose to escape the fires. This leaves the horses susceptible to burns and injuries and makes it impossible for the owners to keep track of them.
 
Dalia MacPhee, a Los Angeles-based designer and horse owner, wanted to do more to help horse owners protect and keep track of their horses in wildfire emergency situations. According to NBC4, “MacPhee says she was inspired to design the Equisafe Blanket after the Lilac Fire, ‘they were told to let all the horses loose, it was the right thing to do, but it still broke my heart.’”
 
MacPhee’s Equisafe blanket is a fire-retardant horse blanket that you can get with or without a GPS locator. So during an emergency evacuation where equestrians are forced to release their horses, they can rest a bit easier knowing that their horse has a layer of protection, and that they can easily locate them and get them back to safety.
 
According to MacPhee’s Indiegogo campaign, the Equisafe blanket for horses is currently SFI level 5 pending. The SFI Foundation is a nonprofit organization that deals directly with fire-retardant racecar driving clothing. With an SFI Level 5 pending rating, that means that every part of the Equisafe blanket is fire retardant and can withstand temperatures of up to 700 degrees. This horse blanket has undergone flammability testing and has been SGS certified.
 
The GPS chip can be added to the blanket to ensure that horse owners can find their horses once the area is safe to return to.
 
The Equisafe blanket is meant to serve as an emergency measure that is used as a last resort when evacuating is no longer an option. It should not replace proper evacuation planning, and you should always follow the evacuation orders from your local fire rescue teams and state officials.
 
 
For more interesting new stories, check out these articles: 
 
New Evolutionary Biology Book Argues That City-Dwelling Animals Are Out-Adapting Humans
 
Kennel Club in Texas Donates Pet Oxygen Masks to Local Firefighters
 
Siberian Husky Detected Cancer on Her Owner Three Separate Times
 
FDA Approves New Drug to Treat Noise Aversion in Dogs
 
Burned Rescue Dog Adopted by Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Gets a Special Surprise
 
Daughter of Famous Yellowstone Wolf Killed By Hunters, Shares Fate With Mother
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The World’s Oldest Known Wild Bird Lays Another Egg at 68 https://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/worlds-oldest-known-wild-bird-lays-another-egg-68-37821 Image via Facebook/Fox News SciTech via USFWS
 
 
Wisdom, the 68-year-old Laysan albatross, the world’s oldest wild bird, has laid another egg, which scientists think is her 37th, according to The Guardian.
 
On November 29, Wisdom turned up at her original nesting site at the Midway Atoll national wildlife refuge for winter (Laysan albatross return to the place they were born each year). Here, she laid another egg with her longtime partner, Akeakamai, whom she met at 56 years old.
 
According to a blog post by Kelly Goodale, a fish and wildlife service refuge biologist, the couple has met at the refuge every year since 2006 to lay and hatch eggs.
 
Wisdom was banded by biologist Chandler Robbins in 1956 near the US Navy Barracks when she was at least 5 years old, which is considered to be an adult age for albatross. Scientists will band birds to track and monitor their populations.
 
 
For more interesting new stories, check out these articles: 
 
Kennel Club in Texas Donates Pet Oxygen Masks to Local Firefighters
 
Siberian Husky Detected Cancer on Her Owner Three Separate Times
 
FDA Approves New Drug to Treat Noise Aversion in Dogs
 
Burned Rescue Dog Adopted by Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Gets a Special Surprise
 
Daughter of Famous Yellowstone Wolf Killed By Hunters, Shares Fate With Mother
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Kennel Club in Texas Donates Pet Oxygen Masks to Local Firefighters https://www.petmd.com/news/petlanthropy/kennel-club-texas-donates-pet-oxygen-masks-local-firefighters-37820 Image via Facebook/Cen-Tex Kennel Club
 
 
The Cen-Tex Kennel Club of Central Texas is raising money to purchase and donate specialty pet oxygen masks to local firefighters.
 
The kennel club raised $1,500 last month, which is enough for 17 animal oxygen mask kits. These kits include a range of oxygen mask sizes plus an instructional DVD for firefighters.
 
“We’ve had pet oxygen masks for a few years, but sometimes the nose cups go missing or get broken,” Waco Fire Engineer Philip Burnett tells the Waco Tribune-Herald. “Before then, we would just have to use a human mask and hold it to try to get some oxygen to a pet,”
 
According to Project Breathe, a donation program for pet oxygen masks set up by the Invisible Fence brand, industry sources estimate that 40,000-150,000 pets die each year in fires, and most deaths are from smoke inhalation. And, “In most states, emergency responders lack the equipment to resuscitate and save pets,” the website states.
 
So far, the kennel club has donated kits to fire departments in Waco, West, Woodway, Bellmead, Bruceville-Eddy, Lacy Lakeview, Riesel and Robinson. The plan is to donation to additional locations in the future.
 
The group began raising money after secretary of the club, Jeanie Davis, lost pets in a fire that overtook her home. One of her dogs, Jasmine, was able to survive after receiving oxygen through a mask fit for a humans. But her snout shape limited proper airflow.
 
“The first responders helped me in the fire and helped Jasmine recover,” Davis tells the outlet. “We hope donating these masks will help make firefighters’ jobs easier and help more pets, like Jasmine, survive.”
 
 
For more interesting new stories, check out these articles: 
 
Siberian Husky Detected Cancer on Her Owner Three Separate Times
 
FDA Approves New Drug to Treat Noise Aversion in Dogs
 
Burned Rescue Dog Adopted by Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Gets a Special Surprise
 
Daughter of Famous Yellowstone Wolf Killed By Hunters, Shares Fate With Mother
 
Las Vegas Rescue Organization Fixes 35,000th Feral Cat
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New Evolutionary Biology Book Argues That City-Dwelling Animals Are Out-Adapting Humans https://www.petmd.com/news/health-science/new-evolutionary-biology-book-argues-city-dwelling-animals-are-out-adapting-huma Image via iStock.com/Stefan Rotter
 
A new book examining the evolutionary biology of city-dwelling animals has come to an interesting conclusion. Evolutionary biologist Dr. Menno Schilthuizen argues in his book, “Darwin Comes to Town: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution,” that in city and urban environments, the evolutionary process is occurring at a much more rapid pace than anyone expected.
 
According to ABC News Online of Australia, Dr. Schilthuizen explains, “But at the same time we see in cities and other manmade environments that evolution really proceeds much faster than Darwin himself thought, at that time.”
 
One example he uses to support his argument is the mummichog, which is a small brackish water fish that lives off the east coast of North America. Dr. Schilthuizen explains in a quote from ABC News Online, “The mummichog lives in estuaries and ports and areas that sometimes are very heavily polluted by PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyls), which are chemical compounds that are lethal to most fish and probably also these mummichog fish.” He goes on to explain that in a span of around 10-15 years, the mummichog has been able to adapt and thrive in the highly polluted ports.
 
One reason their evolutionary biology has been able to adapt so quickly is because of their shorter generation times. In other words, animals that procreate more quickly are able to go through the “survival of the fittest” process more quickly.
 
Dr. Schilthuizen explains, “This is sort of like evolutionary clock speed, because [with] every generation you see the effect of natural selection in the previous generation. So the shorter that time period, the faster these changes can take place.”
 
Dr. Schilthuizen also explains that fish are not the only animals that are adapting faster than expected. Blackbirds are also evolving and adapting to city living as well. He explains, “They have gone quite far in their evolution, including the shape of their beaks, which are shorter in cities.”
 
He goes on to say that the blackbird is unique because there are observable biological and behavioral differences between forest blackbirds and urban blackbirds. He says that they are seeing less and less reproduction between the two blackbird populations, which could eventually lead to separate species.
 
 
For more interesting new stories, check out these articles: 
 
Siberian Husky Detected Cancer on Her Owner Three Separate Times
 
FDA Approved New Drug to Treat Noise Aversion in Dogs
 
Burned Rescue Dog Adopted by Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Gets a Special Surprise
 
Daughter of Famous Yellowstone Wolf Killed By Hunters, Shares Fate With Mother
 
Las Vegas Rescue Organization Fixes 35,000th Feral Cat
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Recall of Abound Chicken and Brown Rice Dog Food Issued at Multiple Grocery Store Locations Due to Elevated Vitamin D Levels https://www.petmd.com/news/alerts-recalls/recall-abound-chicken-and-brown-rice-dog-food-issued-multiple-grocery-store-loca Brand Name: Abound
Recall Date: 12/5/2018
 
King Soopers and City Market stores
Sold in locations in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming
 
Product: Abound Chicken and Brown Rice Dog Food, 4 lbs (UPC: 11110-83556)
Best By Date Code: 11/1/2018-11/16/2019
 
Product: Abound Chicken and Brown Rice Dog Food, 14 lbs (UPC: 11110-83573)
Best By Date Code: 11/1/2018-11/16/2019
 
Product: Abound Chicken and Brown Rice Dog Food, 24 lbs (UPC: 11110-89076)
Best By Date Code: 11/1/2018-11/16/2019
 
 
Reason for Recall:
Following a recall by Sunshine Mills, Inc., the Kroger Louisville division announced it has removed from sale Abound Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe dog food produced by the supplier. The dog food was sold in one Kroger store located at 2440 Bardstown Road in Louisville, KY. Only Abound Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe dog food with the listed UPC numbers and Best by Dates are affected by this recall. The recall was initiated because the product had the potential to contain an elevated level of Vitamin D, which may cause renal failure.
 
What to Do:
Customers who have purchased the product described above should not allow their pet to consume and should return it to a store for a full refund or replacement.
 
Customers who have questions may contact Sunshine Mills, Inc. customer service at 1-800-705-2111 from 7 a.m. CST to 4 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday or by email at customer.service@sunshinemills.com.
 
Source: FDA
 
 
Kroger
2440 Bardstown Road in Louisville, Kentucky
 
Product: Abound Chicken and Brown Rice Dog Food, 4 lbs (UPC: 11110-83556)
Best By Date Code: 11/1/2018-11/16/2019
 
 
Reason for Recall:
 
Following a recall by Sunshine Mills, Inc., the Kroger Louisville division announced it has removed from sale Abound Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe dog food produced by the supplier. The dog food was sold in one Kroger store located at 2440 Bardstown Road in Louisville, KY. Only Abound Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe dog food with the listed UPC numbers and Best by Dates are affected by this recall. The recall was initiated because the product had the potential to contain an elevated level of Vitamin D, which may cause renal failure.
 
 
What to Do:
Customers who have purchased the product described above should not allow their pet to consume and should return it to a store for a full refund or replacement.
Customers who have questions may contact Sunshine Mills, Inc. customer service at 1-800-705-2111 from 7 a.m. CST to 4 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday or by email at customer.service@sunshinemills.com.
Source: FDA
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Siberian Husky Detected Cancer on Her Owner Three Separate Times https://www.petmd.com/news/health-science/siberian-husky-detected-cancer-her-owner-three-separate-times-37808 Image via Facebook/National Ovarian Cancer Coalition via Stephanie Herfel
 
 
Wisconsin woman Stephanie Herfel sought out a diagnosis for her pain after her Siberian Husky, Sierra, began displaying strange behaviors, including sniffing her lower belly, then running and hiding.
 
“She put her nose on my lower belly and sniffed so intently that I thought I spilled something on my clothes,” Herfel tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “She did it a second and then a third time. After the third time, Sierra went and hid. I mean hid!”
 
Herfel tells the outlet that her dog sniffed out the cancer on three separate occasions.
 
The first was in 2013; the pain in her abdomen and Sierra’s sniffing behavior led her to an emergency room doctor, who told her she had an ovarian cyst. Sierra’s strange and seemingly urgent behaviors continued, however, so Herfel went to a gynecologist.
 
"To see her become so afraid was spooky in its own right. So I made an appointment with a gynecologist and in a matter of weeks and some blood work with an ultrasound, on 11-11-13 I was sitting in the gynecology oncologist room in shock that I had cancer," she tells the outlet.
 
Herfel had a full hysterectomy and spleen removal, and she was on chemotherapy until April 2014.
 
Then, Sierra played doctor twice more. Herfel was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2015 and then pelvic cancer in 2016, and Sierra had successfully detected both.
 
Herfel tells the outlet, "I just feel like my story can let people think about their animals and think, 'Wow, my animal did this when I got diagnosed.' Just to give the animals credit that they are pretty smart.”
 
 
For more interesting new stories, check out these articles: 
 
FDA Approved New Drug to Treat Noise Aversion in Dogs
 
Burned Rescue Dog Adopted by Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Gets a Special Surprise
 
Daughter of Famous Yellowstone Wolf Killed By Hunters, Shares Fate With Mother
 
Las Vegas Rescue Organization Fixes 35,000th Feral Cat
 
Burger King Creates Dog Treats for DoorDash Delivery Orders
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How Often Should You Trim a Cat’s Nails? https://www.petmd.com/news/view/how-often-should-you-trim-cats-nails-37807  
By Dr. JoAnna Pendergrass, DVM
 
A cat uses its nails for many different activities, including scratching, climbing and marking territory. Interestingly, cat nails are retractable, staying hidden until a cat needs to use them.
 
Cat nails also grow continually. Outdoor cats keep their nails short by climbing and scratching on trees, among other outdoor activities. Indoor cats often use cat scratching posts to care for their nails, but these posts may not be enough to keep a cat’s nails short.
 
Why It’s Important to Trim Cat Nails Regularly
 
Overgrown nails become curved and don’t retract completely. You will know if your cat’s nails have grown too long if your cat gets their nails stuck in carpets or other soft surfaces, or if your cat can no longer retract her nails.
 
Severely overgrown and curved nails can grow into the footpad, causing significant pain and mobility problems. Therefore, it is very important to keep your cat’s nails short. Cat should have their nails trimmed every 10 days to 2 weeks so that they do not get to this point.
 
Keeping Your Cat Calm
 
Unfortunately, trimming cat nails can be challenging, because most cats do not like nail trims. Here are some helpful tips on the cat nail trimming process and how to keep a cat calm during a nail trim.
 

Select a comfortable chair in a quiet room where your cat can’t look out the window.
Hold your cat in your lap when she’s relaxed and a little sleepy, such as after a meal.
For at least several days before the nail trim, massage your cat’s front legs and paws, pressing gently on each foot pad with your thumb and forefinger to extend the corresponding nail. Release the pressure and immediately give your cat a cat treat.
Acclimate your cat to the sound of nail clippers. Place a piece of uncooked spaghetti in the cat nail clippers. When you press on a foot pad as described above, ‘clip’ the spaghetti when the nail extends. Release the pressure and immediately treat your cat.

 
How to Clip Cat Nails
 
When your cat is calm and is comfortable with you touching her paws, you can now trim her nails. Several types of cat nail clippers are available. Scissor-type clippers, such as the JW Pet Gripsoft Cat Nail Clipper and Four Paws Ulitmate Touch Cat Caw Clipper, work great for clipping cat nails. Guillotine clippers, such as the Hertzko Professional Dog & Cat Nail Clipper & Nail File, also work well.
 
If you’re not sure which nail clipper to choose, your veterinarian can help you decide which clipper type would be best for you and your cat.
 
Below are the steps to properly trim cat nails:
 

Organize your supplies: sharp cat nail clippers, a towel and styptic powder (if a nail starts to bleed).
Place your cat in your lap with her facing away from you and your forearm over her neck. Gently wrap her in the towel if she starts to squirm.
Massage and press a foot pad to extend the nail.
Locate the quick, which is the pink portion of the nail that contains nerves and blood vessels.
Before clipping, position the clippers perpendicular to the nail so you are cutting it from top to bottom; cutting side to side may split the nail.
Cut only the sharp tip of the nail. Do NOT cut the quick! Cutting the quick will be painful and cause bleeding. If you accidentally cut the quick, apply a small amount of styptic powder to quickly stop the bleeding.

 
Depending on your cat’s temperament, you may be able to cut only a few nails at a time, and that’s okay. Be patient with your cat and don’t punish her if she resists the nail trim. If your cat continually refuses your attempts to trim her nails, take her to your veterinarian or groomer for a nail trim.
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Columbia River Natural Pet Foods Inc. Issues Recall for Cow Pie Fresh Frozen Meats for Dogs and Cats Due to Possible Listeria monocytogenes Health Risk https://www.petmd.com/news/alerts-recalls/columbia-river-natural-pet-foods-inc-issues-recall-cow-pie-fresh-frozen-meats-do Recall Date: 12/05/2018
 
Distributed in Alaska, Oregon and Washington through retail stores and direct delivery.
 
Product: Cow Pie fresh frozen meats for dogs and cats, 2lbs
Comes in purple and white plastic bags
Lot #: 81917
Processed on: August 19, 2017 (Found on an orange sticker)
 
 
Reason for Recall:
Columbia River Natural Pet Foods of Vancouver, WA is voluntarily recalling 933 packages of Cow Pie fresh frozen meats for dogs and cats, produced in August 2017, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenesmay affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to this product.
 
Listeria monocytogenes can be pathogenic to humans. Listeria monocytogenesis one of the leading causes of human death from foodborne illness. Healthy people infected with Listeria monocytogeness hould monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, aches, fever, and diarrhea. Listeria monocytogenes infections can also spread through the bloodstream to the nervous system (including the brain), resulting in meningitis and other potentially fatal problems. Pregnant women are more susceptible to Listeria infection, which can result in abortion. The young, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems also are more vulnerable. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
 
Although uncommon, pets with Listeria monocytogenes infections may display symptoms such as mild to severe diarrhea, anorexia, fever, nervous, muscular and respiratory signs, abortion, depression, shock, and death. Animals that recover may become carriers and serve as potential sources of infection to other animals. In addition to the possibility of becoming sick, such infected animals can shed Listeria monocytogenes through their feces onto their coats and into the home environment and thus serve as sources of infection to humans and other animals in the household. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
 
The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the Washington State Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in one package.
 
What to Do:
Consumers who have purchased 2 lbs. packages of Cow Pie, with the affected lot 81917, should discontinue use of the product and may return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-360-834-6854, Monday-Friday, from 8 am-4 pm PST.
 
Source: FDA
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FDA Approves New Drug to Treat Noise Aversion in Dogs https://www.petmd.com/news/health-science/fda-approves-new-drug-treat-noise-aversion-dogs-37803 Image via iStock.com/hidako
 
 
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that its Center for Veterinary Medicine has approved Pexion, a Boehringer Ingelheim prescription pet medication that can be used to treat noise aversion in dogs.
 
This anxiety medication for dogs is intended for dogs who are “sensitive to loud noises such as fireworks, street/traffic noises and gun shots,” according to the news release.
 
Common symptoms of noise aversion in dogs include hiding, vocalizing, panting, shaking or trembling, vomiting, urinating or defecating on the spot.
 
In an effectiveness trial using 90 client-owned dogs that have previously displayed noise aversion behaviors, the use of Pexion as a treatment for loud noise events was tested. Each dog was given either Pexion or a placebo twice daily for two days prior to New Year’s Eve firework displays and then continued treatment through the holiday.
 
The owners were responsible for evaluating the overall effects the medication had on their dog and scored their pet’s reaction to the noises as well as recorded any side effects they witnessed. The trial found that 66 percent of the owners with dogs who took Pexion scored the treatment as excellent or good.
 
According to the FDA’s release, the most common adverse reactions seen by dog owners were ataxia (difficulty walking or standing), increased appetite, lethargy and vomiting. However, in three of the 90 cases, owners reported that their dog began to show signs of aggression. The FDA says, “Certain drugs used to reduce anxiety, such as Pexion, may lead to lack of self-control of fear-based behaviors and may therefore result in a change in aggression level. The label information accompanying Pexion notes the recommendation that owners should carefully observe their dogs during treatment.”
 
American Veterinarian reports that, in Europe, this drug has already been approved as an alternative therapy to reduce seizure frequency in dogs with idiopathic epilepsy. However, there has been an application submitted to expand the Pexion label in Europe for the treatment of noise-related anxiety as well.
 
Pexion will be available by prescription at a pet pharmacy, and you will need a licensed veterinarian to determine if Pexion is the appropriate treatment for your dog.
 
 
For more interesting new stories, check out these articles: 
 
Burned Rescue dog Adopted by Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Gets a Special Surprise
 
Daughter of Famous Yellowstone Wolf Killed By Hunters, Shares Fate With Mother
 
Las Vegas Rescue Organization Fixes 35,000th Feral Cat
 
Burger King Creates Dog Treats for DoorDash Delivery Orders
 
UK Company Offers A "Cat-Proof" Christmas Tree
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Cats Knocking Things Off Tables and Other Cat Behaviors Explained https://www.petmd.com/news/view/cats-knocking-things-tables-and-other-cat-behaviors-explained-37802 Image via iStock.com/Natalila Pyzhova
 
 
By Dr. Wailani Sung
 
The life of a cat appears to be idle and indulgent. Looking over at my cats as they lounge in their cat tree or in a cozy spot on my bed, sometimes I wish I could live their lives. I will admit that my cats live a pampered life. They are treated like royalty.
 
They have plenty of comfortable spaces to sleep on, tons of nooks and crannies to explore in my house, meals prepared four times a day, and their toilets cleaned multiple times a day. They receive frequent body massages and have endless opportunities to amuse themselves.
 
I find it amusing to watch them as they look out the window, captivated by the sights and sounds outside. Do you ever wonder, “What do cats think about?” Let’s take a look at some common cat scenarios to see if we can demystify your cat’s behavior.
 
No Warm Welcome
 
Scenario: When you come home after a long day at work, one cat runs up to greet you and tell you about their day. The other cat may just wait in their warm location until you seek them out. Why does that occur?
 
Could it be that one cat is more attached to you and missed you more than the other? Or could it be that the other cat is tired after a day of chasing cat toy mice around the house and was in a deep sleep when you came home?
 
Like a person, some sleeping cats may need a few minutes to fully wake up, and by then, you have sought them out. If this scenario occurs in your house, then your cat may have learned that there is no need to greet you at the door because you will come looking for her.
 
It does not necessarily mean that your cat is not bonded to you, just like you may not always go running to the door when your partner returns home. If you are busy, you may continue working and wait for them to come greet you.
 
If you want your cat to come greet you, try waiting for her to come find you, and once she does, reward her with a warm greeting and a few tasty cat treats. If you reinforce her greeting behavior with treats and pets, she is more likely to be waiting eagerly by the door for your return home.
 
Your take of the situation: “My cat didn’t miss me; if he did, he’d greet me at the door.”
What your cat might actually be thinking: “My person is home! They’re going to come greet me!”
 
Eliminating Outside the Litter Box
 
Scenario: “My cat is mad at me! I went out of town for the weekend, and, when I came back home, she had urinated on my bed.” Have you ever said this?
 
While it is normal to feel upset when your cat has urinated on your bed, keep in mind that animals do not behave out of spite—that is a human motivation. The first thing to do is to take your cat to your veterinarian for a physical examination. Underlying medical causes such as a bladder infection, kidney disease or bladder stones can cause pain and discomfort.
 
Urinating on your bed may be your cat’s way of attracting your attention to her illness. If your veterinarian has determined that your cat is physically healthy, then we need to explore some behavioral factors that may be contributing to your cat’s problem.
 
There are several factors to consider in regards to the cat litter box setup that may be affecting her desire to use it. Ideally, cats should be provided with an open litter box that’s one and a half times the length of their body. It should be filled with an unscented, fine and granular cat litter. The litter box should be cleaned at least twice daily. It should also be placed in an area your cat has easy access to.
 
Another behavioral cause for urinating on your bed may be anxiety. When your on a daily basis or from a specific experience, sometimes they may urinate in an area where their scent or the owner’s scent is the strongest. They are not trying to be spiteful or dominant. It is speculated that cats find comfort in their own scent. This is also their way of communicating to you that they need help.
 
Your take of the situation: “My cat is getting revenge on me by peeing on my things.”
What your cat might actually be thinking: “Please help me; something is wrong with me/my litter box.”
 
The Fake Out
 
Scenario: “He asks me to stroke his belly by rolling over, and when I pet his belly, he bite and scratches my hand!” Does this sound like you?
 
Before you get upset and do something that ruins the bond you have with your cat, learn to read his body language. When a cat is relaxed and comfortable around a person, he may roll over to show you his abdomen, the most vulnerable, unprotected part of his body. This is the ultimate sign of trust from a cat, but it is not an invitation to pet him.
 
Your cat may not enjoy a belly rub, just like you may not enjoy someone reaching over to pat your belly. Cats typically enjoy being petted on their head and the sides of their body. Next time your cat rolls over, you can simply talk to him or give him a quick rub on his ear or neck instead of upsetting him by rubbing his belly.
 
Your take of the situation: “Kitty wants me to pet his belly!”
What your cat might actually be thinking: “I trust you! But don’t pet my belly.”
 
The Sneak Attack
 
Scenario: Every night as you prepare for bed, right on cue, your cat ambushes you. It could happen as you walk down the hallway, or when you come out of the bathroom or when you’re getting into bed. Whack! Your cat swats your ankles. It was cute and funny when your cat was a kitten, but she is no longer a kitten, and her claws hurt.
 
Why is your cat sneak attacking you? At the end of the night, you may be tired, but your cat may still have plenty of energy. While you have been hard at work, she has been sleeping all day, waiting for you to come home. Provide your cat with plenty of cat interactive toys and 10 to 15 minutes of play to work out her energy before bedtime.
 
Your take of the situation: “My cat is attacking me!”
What your cat might actually be thinking: “Let’s play! I’ve waited all day to play with you!”
 
My Cat Is “Mr. Destructo”
 
Scenario: “My cat knocks my stuff off the bookshelf on purpose! He has broken so many of my glass figurines. He is being bossy and does not want me to decorate HIS shelf.”
 
How often have you thought that your cat was being spiteful because he appears to enjoy pushing items off your counter, table or shelves? What many people do not realize is that cats are curious and like to explore.
 
They use their paws to help them explore by touching and manipulating objects that interest them. Sometimes they may push too hard, and items are moved. When objects fall and bounce around, your cat may be fascinated by the movement of the object.
 
For cats that are confined indoors, there is a lot of monotony and routine in their lives. Pushing objects around and making them fall down may give them more mental stimulation. If your cat likes to bat and push things around, provide him with nonbreakable objects and cat toys that he can interact with.
 
Try filling up a cat puzzle toy with his cat food for mealtime so that he learns to work for his meals. Make an effort to engage him in at least one 10- to 15-minute play session daily. By providing more mental and physical stimulation, you can reinforce good behaviors and allow the more undesirable behaviors to fade away.
 
Hopefully you have more insight into the inner workings of your cat’s mind. Many cats are often misunderstood. If you take some time to learn about their needs and motivations, it will strengthen the bond between you and your cat.
 
Your take of the situation: “My cat is trying to tell me that he’s the boss around here.”
What your cat might actually be thinking: “That was fun! Let me push something else over, because there’s nothing else fun to do.”
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Burned Rescue Dog Adopted by Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Gets a Special Surprise https://www.petmd.com/news/petlanthropy/burned-rescue-dog-adopted-palm-harbor-fire-rescue-gets-special-surprise-37801 Image via Facebook/Palm Harbor Fire Rescue
 
 
Ruby the puppy has a story that has touched the hearts of many. When she was just a few months old, the lives of her owner and canine sibling were sadly taken during a house fire in Blakely, Georgia. Many assumed she had perished too, but two days later as residents were clearing the remnants from the fire, Ruby emerged.
 
While she survived, she was not unscathed. Ruby had third-degree burns on her legs and stomach area, and it is believed that she ran through the fire to escape. After traveling to an Alabama rescue group for care, she made her way to Suncoast Animal League in Palm Harbor, Florida. A group of firefighters from Palm Harbor Fire Rescue (PHFR) met her there and it was love at first sight.
 

 
On October 12, she received her badge during her oath-of-office ceremony and became an official member of the Palm Harbor Fire Rescue team. By all accounts and Palm Harbor Fire Rescue’s Facebook, she has been settling in wonderfully and has even gone to a sleepaway dog training camp to master her firehouse dog skill set.
 
Palm Harbor Fire Rescue, Palm Harbor residents and Facebook fans are not the only people feeling inspired by Ruby’s story. Online pet retailer, Chewy, took notice of her amazing courage and perseverance and wanted to treat her to something a little special.
 

 
Chewy sent little Ruby a fire hydrant filled with dog toys and dog treats as well as a personalized card and a lovely pet portrait. Needless to say, this pup is definitely one appreciated furry family member.
 
Check out the Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Facebook page to keep up with her adventures! She is currently solving a crime about a missing pie.
 
 
 
For more interesting new stories, check out these articles: 
 
Daughter of Famous Yellowstone Wolf Killed By Hunters, Shares Fate With Mother
 
Las Vegas Rescue Organization Fixes 35,000th Feral Cat
 
Burger King Creates Dog Treats for DoorDash Delivery Orders
 
UK Company Offers A "Cat-Proof" Christmas Tree
 
RSPCA in the UK Says Vegan Cat Food Is Cruelty Under the Animal Welfare Act
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Why Do Dogs Lick Your Face, and Is It a Problem? https://www.petmd.com/news/view/why-do-dogs-lick-your-face-and-it-problem-37799  
By Dr. Wailani Sung
 
As a dog owner, you are probably familiar with dog face licking, whether you think it’s cute or not. But why do dogs lick your face? Should you stop the behavior?
 
Why Do Dogs Lick Your Face?
 
The common dog face licking behavior has evolved from the wolf puppy behavior of licking the mouths of adult dogs to prompt the regurgitation of partially digested food. This is how puppies transition from suckling their mother’s milk to eating partially digested food to more solid food.
 
Licking another dog’s face or a human’s face is a normal social behavior. Licking can be an appeasement gesture that signals a dog’s social deference. It can also be a signal to solicit food, more social information, a sign of affection or to solicit attention.
 
A dog licking faces or other body parts can also occur as part of grooming. Your dog may lick his canine housemate’s face and your face or other body parts. When your dog cannot reach your face, he may lick the closest body part, which may be your hand, arm or leg. In certain cases, the licking behavior can be interpreted as a sign of affection.
 
Some dogs may try to lick a complete stranger’s face. Why do they do that? It may be in an attempt to appease the stranger so that the stranger does do anything harmful or threatening to the dog. When dogs lick the face of children, it can be a sign of affection, appeasement or simply the act of cleaning food residue off their face.
 
Is Dog Face Licking a Health Risk?
 
For healthy children and adults, dog saliva is not a health risk for intact skin. It is not healthy, however, to allow your dog to lick an open wound on your skin. Their saliva may continue to keep the wound moist and open and allow bacteria to thrive, leading to a potential skin infection.
 
In the past year, there have been 12 cases reported to the CDC in which people have gotten sick from a bacteria carried in the dog’s saliva. In those cases, the bacteria Capnocytophaga canimorsus was the culprit. This particular bacteria is found in both dogs and cats and is harmless to them.
 
However, in cases where an individual has a compromised immune system, there is potential for the bacteria to cause an infection. The bacteria has to enter the skin through an open wound, such as from a bite or a cut on the skin.
 
Typically the dog has to have a high concentration of that particular bacteria, and their saliva has to come into contact with the open wound. It is best practice to wash your hands after petting any dog.
 
Should You Allow Your Dog To Lick You?
 
For most healthy people, a dog licking faces or other body parts should pose minimal health risk. If you are concerned, then do not let dogs lick your mouth or anywhere near an open skin wound.
 
I sometimes offer dogs the underside of my chin to lick. Then I immediately wash my face or apply antibacterial sanitizing spray or gel to that area of my face. Alternatively, I may allow them to lick my hand, and then I wash my hands afterwards or use an antibacterial spray or gel on my hands.
 
What If You’re Not a Fan of Dog Face Licking?
 
First, recognize that you might be reinforcing the licking behavior. If every time your dog licks your face, you give him attention, he is more likely to repeat the licking behavior. And if your pup licks you on the face or mouth when you are eating, and you give him a piece of your food, you are encouraging the behavior to continue.
 
If you do not like having your dog lick your face, you can always redirect them to exhibit affection and attention in a more acceptable manner to you, and be sure not to encourage the behavior.
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ELM Pet Foods Recalls Dry Dog Food Due to Elevated Levels of Vitamin D https://www.petmd.com/news/alerts-recalls/elm-pet-foods-recalls-dry-dog-food-due-elevated-levels-vitamin-d-37796 Recall Date: 11/29/2018
 
UPC Codes manufactured between February 25, 2018 and October 31, 2018. Products were distributed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.
 
Product: Elm Chicken and Chickpea Recipe, 3 lbs (UPC: 0-70155-22507-8)
Best By Date Code: TD2 26 FEB 2019
Best By Date Code: TE1 30 APR 2019
Best By Date Code: TD1 5 SEP 2019
Best By Date Code: TD2 5 SEP 2019
 
 
Product: Elm Chicken and Chickpea Recipe, 28 lbs (UPC: 0-70155-22513-9)
Best By Date Code: TB3 6 APR 2019
Best By Date Code: TA1 2 JULY 2019
Best By Date Code: TI1 2 JULY 2019
 
 
Product: Elm K9 Naturals Chicken Recipe, 40 lbs (UPC: 0-70155-22522-9)
Best By Date Code: TB3 14 SEP 2019
Best By Date Code: TA2 22 SEP 2019
Best By Date Code: TB2 11 OCT 2019
 
 
 
Reason for Recall:
ELM Pet Foods, Inc is issuing a voluntary recall of Elm Chicken and Chickpea Recipe dog food because the products could contain elevated levels of Vitamin D.
 
Dogs ingesting elevated levels of Vitamin D may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss. Vitamin D when consumed at very high levels can lead to serious health issues in dogs including renal dysfunction. Consumers with dogs who have consumed the product listed above are exhibiting these symptoms, should contact their veterinarian.
 
What to Do:
Consumers, who have purchased the specific product above, during these dates, should stop feeding it to their dogs. Consumers who have purchased any of the products affected by this recall should dispose of it or return it to the retailer for a full refund. All Bags in the recall are yellow with the Elm Pet Foods Tag on the front of the bag and have a silhouette of a chicken at the bottom of the front side of the bag. Consumers can check the lot codes on the back of the bag at the bottom center on the 3lb bags and in the center of the back of the bag on the 28lb bags. The 40lb bag lot numbers can be found on the bottom right of the back of the bag.
 
If consumers have questions or would like a refund they should call ELM Pet Foods at 1-800-705-2111 8am-5pm(EST) Mon-Fri. or email customerservice@elmpetfoods.com.
 
Source: FDA
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ANF Pet Inc. Issues Voluntary Precautionary Recall of Dry Dog Food Due to Potential Elevated Levels of Vitamin D https://www.petmd.com/news/alerts-recalls/anf-pet-inc-issues-voluntary-precautionary-recall-dry-dog-food-due-potential-ele Recall Date: 11/28/2018
 
 
Product: ANF Lamb and Rice Dry Dog Food, 3 kg (UPC: 9097231622)
Best By Date Code: NOV 23 2019
Distributed to retail stores in Puerto Rico.
 
Product: ANF Lamb and Rice Dry Dog Food, 7.5 kg (UPC: 9097203300)
Best By Date Code: NOV 20 2019
Distributed to retail stores in Puerto Rico.
 
 
Reason for Recall:
 
ANF, Inc. is issuing a voluntary recall of select products of ANF Pet Lamb and Rice Dog Food (see above) due to potentially elevated levels of Vitamin D.
 
 
What to Do:
Consumers should stop feeding the products listed above. Dogs ingesting elevated levels of Vitamin D may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss. Vitamin D, when consumed at very high levels can lead to serious health issues in dogs including renal dysfunction. Consumers with dogs who have consumed any of the products listed above and are exhibiting any of these symptoms, should contact their veterinarian.
Consumers who have purchased any of the products affected by this recall should dispose of it or return it to the retailer for a full refund.
Consumers may contact ANF, Inc. customer service at 936-560-5930 from 8AM to 5PM Central Time, Monday through Friday, or by email at mwhite@anf.com for additional information.
 
Source: FDA
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Daughter of Famous Yellowstone Wolf Killed By Hunters, Shares Fate With Mother https://www.petmd.com/news/care-safety/daughter-famous-yellowstone-wolf-killed-hunters-shares-fate-mother-37794 Image via Facebook/Washington Post via Marc Cooke
 
 
A wild wolf considered to be a staple of Yellowstone National Park was killed by a hunter just outside of the park last week.
 
The wolf, known as 926F (called Spitfire by many wolf advocates), was the daughter of the famous alpha female 832F, who shared a similar fate when she was killed by a hunter in Aug. 2012.
 
832F (famously referred to as 06, as in the year she was born) was a celebrity of sorts, as she was often spotted by tourists who admired her for her “hunting prowess,” according to The New York Times.
 
“She was the rock star of Yellowstone by far,” Marc Cooke, the president of Wolves of the Rockies, a nonprofit group run by volunteers who advocate for the protection of gray wolves, tells The Washington Post. “It hurt a lot of people when she was killed.”
 
The alpha female was so well-known, in fact, that she was the subject of the novel, “American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West.”
 
So, when her daughter, Spitfire, was killed by a hunter, wolf watchers and fans were devastated.
 
According to the NYT, the shooting was within hunting laws. But the killing has renewed calls for a buffer zone between the national park and legal hunting grounds.
 
 
For more interesting new stories, check out these articles: 
 
Las Vegas Rescue Organization Fixes 35,000th Feral Cat
 
Burger King Creates Dog Treats for DoorDash Delivery Orders
 
UK Company Offers A "Cat-Proof" Christmas Tree
 
RSPCA in the UK Says Vegan Cat Food Is Cruelty Under the Animal Welfare Act
 
South Korea Shuts Down Largest Dog Meat Slaughterhouse
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Las Vegas Rescue Organization Fixes 35,000th Feral Cat https://www.petmd.com/news/care-safety/las-vegas-rescue-organization-fixes-350000th-feral-cat-37793 Image via iStock.com/BeeBuddy
 
The cat-loving community of Las Vegas hit a huge milestone this past Sunday, Dec. 2. The Community Cat Coalition of Clark County, also known as C5, fixed their 35,000th feral cat.
 

 
Keith Williams, president and director of C5, tells LasVegasNOW.com, “It’s an amazing feeling.” He continues, “We started out in 2009, a small handful of people sitting around our living room saying wouldn't it be great if we could really make a difference here.”
 
Since then, they have amassed a group of around 50 volunteers who trap the city’s feral cats in order to provide them with veterinary care. The cats are also fixed (spayed/neutered) to get the stray cat population under control.
 
While LasVegasNOW.com reports that experts estimate there are approximately 200,000 feral cats within the city, C5 has been working tirelessly to help combat the growing population. And with 35,000 cats helped, they are really making a difference.
 
They even posted a picture on their Facebook of the 35,000th kitty, a beautiful calico.
 

 
 
For more interesting new stories, check out these articles: 
 
Burger King Creates Dog Treats for DoorDash Delivery Orders
 
UK Company Offers A "Cat-Proof" Christmas Tree
 
RSPCA in the UK Says Vegan Cat Food Is Cruelty Under the Animal Welfare Act
 
South Korea Shuts Down Largest Dog Meat Slaughterhouse
 
Marijuana Legalization Is Putting Drug Dogs in Early Retirement
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Burger King Creates Dog Treats for DoorDash Delivery Orders https://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/burger-king-creates-dog-treats-doordash-delivery-orders-37792  
Burger King is no stranger to pushing the boundaries when it comes to their food creations. Now they are expanding into a completely different food market with some canine cuisine.
 
On November 28, Burger King announced the Dogpper, a new menu item for customers that place an online order using DoorDash.
 

When you order a Whopper from Burger King and have it delivered, you can also treat your dog to special Burger King dog biscuit.
 
People.com reports that the company explains in a statement, “The Burger King brand knows that dog owners often deal with their furry friend begging for food when they order delivery. Many dog owners have even admitted to sharing part of their meal with them. That’s why Burger King is providing a solution for customers who want to enjoy their order at home without interruption from their pets.”
 
This new promotion will only last until December 4, so if you are looking to get a Dogpper for your pupper, you’d better act fast.
 
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UK Company Offers A “Cat-Proof” Christmas Tree https://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/uk-company-offers-cat-proof-christmas-tree-37790 Image via iStock.com/Ukususha
 
Anyone who owns a curious cat knows that when the holiday season rolls around and the Christmas decorations go up, they need to be aware of their cat’s safety—as well as the safety of fragile ornaments.
 
A company in the United Kingdom called Argos is hoping lend a helping hand by providing a Christmas tree option that will limit the feline potential for turning holiday decorations into their own cat toys.
 
Their “cat-proof” Christmas tree, pictured below, safeguards ornaments by essentially creating a Christmas umbrella you can decorate.
 

Image via argos.co.uk
 
The 6-foot half-parasol Christmas tree allows cat owners to place ornaments higher up and out of a frisky feline’s reach. Cat parents can protect their more fragile Christmas tree ornaments without skimping on holiday spirit (although they may be skimping on tree branches).
 
Whoever said cats and Christmas trees can’t coexist, clearly underestimated human ingenuity.
 
 
For more interesting new stories, check out these articles: 
 
RSPCA in the UK Says Vegan Cat Food Is Cruelty Under the Animal Welfare Act
 
South Korea Shuts Down Largest Dog Meat Slaughterhouse
 
Marijuana Legalization Is Putting Drug Dogs in Early Retirement
 
First Elephant Hospital in India Opens
 
PETA Asks Dorset Village of Wool in the UK to Change Name to Vegan Wool
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RSPCA in the UK Says Vegan Cat Food Is Cruelty Under the Animal Welfare Act https://www.petmd.com/news/health-science/rspca-uk-says-vegan-cat-food-cruelty-under-animal-welfare-act-37786 Image via iStock.com/chendongshan
 
At the National Pet Show in Birmingham, England in November, there was a showcase of the latest in vegan pet food and non-meat alternatives. In response to this showcase, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) spoke out about vegan cat food and dog food diets, providing their stance on the new vegan pet food trend.
 
While they say that dogs are omnivores and can, in theory, survive on a vegetarian diet, they are very strongly against vegetarian and vegan cat food. According to The Telegraph, the RSPCA says that cats are obligate carnivores and need meat to survive and thrive.
 
The Telegraph reports that a spokesperson for the organization said, “Under the Animal Welfare Act, the law requires an owner to take reasonable steps to ensure that all the pet's needs are met.  This includes a healthy diet, as well as providing suitable living conditions, ability to behave normally, appropriate company and protection from pain, suffering, injury and disease.”
 
Since cats require meat and the nutrients it provides to live a healthy life, forcing them to into a non-meat diet can cause serious health complications. According to The Telegraph, the RSPCA explains, “Cats are strict carnivores and depend on some very specific nutrients that are found in meat including taurine, vitamin A and arachidonic acid so can become seriously ill if they are fed a vegetarian or vegan diet.”
 
According to The Telegraph, the RSPCA says that if a pet parent allows their cat’s health to decline and allows the cat to become malnourished due to an incomplete diet, they could face hefty fines or even a jail sentence under the Animal Welfare Act.
 
 
 
For more interesting new stories, check out these articles: 
 
South Korea Shuts Down Largest Dog Meat Slaughterhouse
 
Marijuana Legalization Is Putting Drug Dogs in Early Retirement
 
First Elephant Hospital in India Opens
 
PETA Asks Dorset Village of Wool in the UK to Change Name to Vegan Wool
 
Animal Shelter Allows Families to Foster Pets Over the Holidays
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